In the middle of this disaster at 1-4 the Ravens offense started off slow in week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Ever since then, the offense has done their part to carry the team. But unfortunately their efforts have been wasted early on to start this historically bad season for the Ravens.
Offense Line: B+
When healthy, the Ravens have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The line created holes for running back Justin Forsett and Buck Allen as the team rushed for over 180 yards. They only allowed one sack on the day. The offensive line would have gotten at least an A if they were better in pass protection towards the end of the game and create running lanes in short yardage situations.
Running Backs: A-
Forsett and Allen did quite a bit of damage against the Browns run defense which was impressive considering Lorenzo Taliaferro did not play in the game so the Ravens needed Forsett and Allen to stay healthy. Unfortunately Forsett injured his ankile late in the fourth quarter and did not return.
On the day, Forsett rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown and Allen had a 44 yard run of his own.
Top it off fullback Kyle Juszczyk had a nice game with three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown reception.
Ravens wide receivers don't like getting criticized. Well, if they don't like it, feel free to prove everyone wrong and show that you guys can get open on a consistent basis. Kamar Aiken had a nice game early with 70 yards in the first quarter but only had eight yards for the rest of the game.
Darren Waller had one catch for one yard. Marlon Brown had one catch for zero yards. Joe Flacco had time to throw and the offensive line held up well in pass protection but there was nowhere to throw the ball. Nobody was open.
The young receivers on this team need to create space for themselves and put an extra gear to help out Flacco. Flacco can't put the ball in tight windows all the time.
Tight Ends: F
The tight ends for the Ravens did a good job in run blocking at times opening holes for Forsett and Allen. Nick Boyle came up with some clutch catches but he only had three receptions on the day. In fact, Boyle was the only tight end to catch a pass.
Like the wide receivers, the tight ends need to help Flacco out a bit more. Rookie second round draft pick Maxx Williams has been a bit quiet to start his career and that has to change if the Ravens plan on winning games without key starters.
Flacco had a very good day considering the circumstances. He threw a touchdown pass while rushing for two touchdowns. He didn't make any mistakes in the passing game and took care of the football. It was the first game this season where Flacco didn't turn the ball over.
Flacco played a pretty flawless game. He is adjusting to offensive coordinator Mark Trestman and the playbook is solid so far as the Ravens average 24.6 points a game which is ranked 10th in the NFL.
Flacco, the offensive line and the running backs played well. But the wide receivers and the tight ends bring this grade down. It's amazing how this team scored 30 points with little to no production in the passing game. Injuries are starting to mount for this team and it is hard to see them getting better due to that.